The leaves are turning, the air is crisp and the holiday’s are on the way. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait to celebrate with your loved ones because the fall harvest festivities are here! Pumpkin picking, caramel apples, corn mazes and more—read on to find out where you can find the best festivals and events the season has to offer.

pumpkin boy

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Bauman’s Farm & Garden Harvest Festival
If your kids have their hearts set on a wide variety of festival activities, make your first stop at Bauman’s Farm & Garden in Gervais. The hayride, animal barn, cider tasting, barnyard bridge, corn tunnels, frontier fort, gopher hole, playground and tire pyramid are all included in the price of general admission—yet they’re only a portion of the family fun to be had. For only a few dollars more in activity tickets, your kids will spend the day exploring the dark maze, corn maze, kids zone and so much more.

Bauman’s Farm & Garden Harvest Festival
Sept. 24-Oct. 31, Sat. & Sun. only, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sun.
Tickets: $5/person; $12/person for admission with unlimited activity wristband
Bauman’s Farm & Garden
12989 Howell Prairie Rd. NE
Gervais, Or

Cedar Mill Cider Festival
Celebrating its 10th year, the Cedar Mill Cider Festival takes you on a trip back in time. Let your littles learn out the pioneers made cider with antique, hand-cranked presses and then sip on their creation. There will be folk, bluegrass and old-time music to groove to and when your crew gets hungry you can satiate their appetites with a tasty local lunch that includes family favorites like BBQ, Brownies, apple crisp sundeas and more. Kids can enjoy games, activities and pioneer coloring pages with the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District, while adults can peruse the country store.

Cedar Mill Cider Festival
Oct. 16, 1-4 p.m.
Free admission
John Quincy Adams Young House
12050 NW Cornell Rd.
Beaverton, Or


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Hood River Valley Harvest Fest
There are so many reasons to love Hood River, and this fantastic festival is just one more. It’s the perfect location for the biggest fall festival in the Columbia River Gorge. For three days in October, attendees at the Hood River Valley Harvest Fest will enjoy live music, family activities, seasonal produce, food, wine, cider, beer and local arts & crafts from nearly 125 vendors on the scenic Hood River waterfront.

Hood River Valley Harvest Fest
Oct. 14-16
Tickets: $6/adults; $3/seniors & active military on Fri., $5 on Sat. & Sun.; free for children under 12
Hood River Event Site
110 Portway Ave.
Hood River, Or


This fall celebrations isn’t just about beer—it’s full of family fun. It offers authentic German food and beer, local wines, wiener dog races and a whole area devoted to fun for kids. Your little yodelers are welcome in all of the event venues at all hours but there are some activities and events designed especially for them. They won’t want to miss the chicken dance party, the Red Shoe Rocktoberfest, or the opportunity to get crafty with Herzen Und Kronen.

Oaks Park
Sept. 23-25
$5/person 16-61 years old
$3/person 61 and up
$2/person 15 years and younger
7805 SE Oaks Park Way,
Portland, Or

Portland Nursery Apple Tasting
If your family loves apples and pears to go along with your fall festivities, then the Portland Nursery’s annual apple tasting event is a must attend celebration. For six days this fall, visitors will be treated to as many as 60 varieties of apples and pears prepared in a variety of ways to taste and purchase. Think apple strudel, wine and cider, and more. Not to mention cider demonstrations, music performances, a scarecrow contest, specialty food vendors and a variety of children’s activities.

Portland Nursery Apple Tasting
Oct. 7-9 & Oct. 14-16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free admission
Portland Nursery
5050 SE Stark St.
Portland, Or

Pumpkin Painting

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West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta
If watching fairies, scarecrows and super heroes paddle across a river in giant pumpkin boats sounds fun to you, then the Giant Pumpkin Regatta won’t disappoint? Now in it’s 13th year, the Regatta is a Portland favorite. Regatta-goers get to enjoy perusing booths filled with hand-crafted goods as well as watching the water wonders take place. And for families looking to get some physical activity in, there will be a 5K Ragatta Run held in conjunction.

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta
Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free admission
Tualatin Lake of the Commons
8325 SW Nyberg St.
Tualatin, Or

Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest
The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is perhaps best known for its namesake bulbs, but this local institution is also an ideal destination at harvest time. Not only can you load up on pumpkins at the Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest, you and your family can enjoy a corn maze, a pumpkin cannon, bouncing through mud in a cow train, duck races, tube slides, a hay pile and various activity tents for all ages and interests.

Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest
Sept. 30-Oct. 30, Fri.-Sun. only, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tickets: $8/ages 3 & up; $6/seniors; free for children 2 & under
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm
33814 S. Meridian Rd.
Woodburn, Or

What are your plans for the fall harvest? Let us know in the comments below!

— Maura O’Brien